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    UC Davis Psychology Graduate Program Ranked #1 in the University of California System and #11 overall!

    The Psychology Department at the University of California, Davis has a top-ranked Ph.D. program oriented toward training qualified students to pursue careers in the areas of research and teaching. Students work closely with one or two faculty members to develop research programs, that result in published work in the top journals. The program requirements include minimal coursework, and emphasize engagement in research from the start of the program.

    We do not offer training in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology, and students are only admitted to the Ph.D. program, although students in the program have the option of obtaining an M.A. degree enroute to the Ph.D. Resources and faculty personnel are concentrated in five areas: developmental; perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience; psychobiology (comparative and physiological psychology), social-personality, and quantitative.

    UC Davis faculty and graduate programs attract highly qualified students from diverse educational, social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. It is the mix of backgrounds, ideas, and experience of faculty and students that contributes to the richness of both the campus and the city of Davis. The Psychology Department takes pride in the tradition of informality and supportiveness in student-faculty associations.

    For questions about the Psychology graduate program contact Angela Scully, our graduate program coordinator, at (530)752-9362 or by email at pscgrad@ucdavis.edu

    Program Requirements

    Psychology Conference 2012

    Recent published papers authored by our graduate students

    Allen, T. J., Sherman, J. W., & Klauer, K. C. (2010). Social context and the self-regulation of implicit bias. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 137-150.

    Aly, M. & Yonelinas, A.P. (2012) Bridging consciousness and cognition in memory and perception: Evidence for both state and strength processes. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30231. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030231

    Aly, M., Yonelinas, A.P., Kishiyama, M., & Knight, R.T. (2011). Damage to the lateral prefrontal cortex impairs familiarity but not recollection. Behavioural Brain Research, 225, 297-304.

    Aly, M. & Moscovitch, M. (2010). The effects of sleep on episodic memory in older and younger adults. Memory, 18, 327-334.

    Aly M, Knight RT, Yonelinas AP (2010). Faces are special but not too special: spared face recognition in amnesia is based on familiarity. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3941-8.

    Barrett, F. S., Robins, R. W., & Janata, P. (2013). A Brief Form of the Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0032576

    Barrett, F. S., Grimm, K. J., Robins, R. W., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Janata, P. (2010). Music-evoked nostalgia: Affect, memory, and personality. Emotion. 103, 390–403.

    Baumgartner, H. A., & Oakes, L. M. (2011). Infants' developing sensitivity to object function: Attention to features and feature correlations. Journal of Cognition and Development, 12(3), 275-298. 

    Bengson, J.J. & Mangun, G.R. (2010) Individual variability in Working Memory capacity is uniquely correlated with feature-based attention when combined with spatial attention, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73, 86-102

    Bengson, J.J. & Mazaheri, A. (2010).  Trial-by-trial dynamics: a window in time.Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 199.

    Bengson, J.J., Mangun, G.R. & Mazaheri, A. (in press) The neural markers of an imminent failure of response inhibition, Neuroimage

    Boudewyn, M.A., Carter, C.S. & Swaab, T.S.  (2012).  Cognitive control and discourse comprehension in schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, 2012. 1- 7.  doi:10.1155/2012/484502 

    Boudewyn, M.A., Gordon, P.C., Long, D., Polse, L., & Swaab, T.Y.  (2011).  Does discourse congruence influence spoken language comprehension before lexical association? Evidence from event-related potentials. Language and Cognitive Processes.  doi: 10.1080/01690965.2011.577980

    Campi, K.L., Bales, K. L. & Krubitzer, L. (2010) Connections of Auditory Cortex in the Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster):  Evidence for multisensory processing in primary sensory areas.  Cerebral Cortex, 20, 89-108.

    Campi, K.L., & Krubitzer L. (2010) Comparative studies of diurnal and nocturnal rodents: Differences in lifestyle result in alterations in cortical field size and number.  Journal of Comparative Neurology, 518, 4491-4512.

    Damian, R.I., & Simonton, D.K. (2011).  From past to future art: The creative impact of Picasso's 1935 Minotauromachy on his 1937 Guernica. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

    Damian, R.I., & Robins, R.W. (2011). [Review of the book Self-esteem across the lifespan: Issues and interventions, M.H. Guindon (Ed.)], Journal of Women and Aging, 23, 177-179

    Farzin, F., & Rivera, S.M. (2010). Dynamic object representations in infants with and without fragile x syndrome. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2, 4-12

    Han, G., Klimes-Dougan, B., Ballard, K., Jepsen, S., Nelson, M., Houri, A., & Cullen, K. (2012). Selective neurocognitive impairments in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Journal of Adolescence, 35(1), 11-20. 

    Hess Y.D. & Picket, C.L. (2010) Social rejection and self- versus other-awareness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 453-456.

    Hostetler, C.M., Harkey, S.L., & Bales, K.L. (2010) D2 antagonist during development decreases anxiety and infanticidal behavior in adult female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behavioral Brain Research, 210, 127-130.

    Jarico, M.R., Mendoza, S.P., Mason, W.A., Yang, X., and Bales, K.L. (2011) Intranasal vasopressin affects pair-bonding and peripheral gene expression in male Callicebus cupreus.  Genes, Brain, and Behavior 10: 375-383.

    Kappenman, E.S., Kaiser, S., Robinson, B., Morris, S., Hahn, B., Beck, V., Leonard, C., Gold, J., Luck, S.J. (2012). Response Activation Impairments in Schizophrenia: Evidence from the Lateralized Readiness Potential. Psychophysiology, 49, 73-84.

    Kappenman, E.S., & Luck, S.J. (2012). Manipulation of Orthogonal Neural Systems Together in Electrophysiological Recordings: The MONSTER Approach to Simultaneous Assessment of Multiple Neurocognitive Processes.  Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38, 92-102.

    Kappenman, E.S., & Luck, S.J. (2010). The effects of electrode impedance on data quality and statistical significance in ERP recordings. Psychophysiology, 47, 888-904.

    Koen, J.D., & Yonelinas, A.P. (2011). From humans to rats and back again: Bridging the divide between human and animal studies of recognition memory with receiver operating characteristics. Learning & Memory, 18, 519-522.

    Koen, J.D. & Yonelinas, A.P. (2010). Memory variability is due to the contributin of recollection and familiarity, not to encoding variability. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory and Cognition, 36, 1536-42.

    Libby, L.A., Ekstrom, A.D., Ragland, J.D., Ranganath, C. (2012). Differential Connectivity of Perirhinal and Parahippocampal Cortices within Human Hippocampal Subregions Revealed by High-Resolution Functional Imaging. J Neurosci 32: 6550-6560.

    Makariev, D., & Shaver, P.R> (2010). Attachment, parental incarceration, and possibilities of intervention: An overview. Attachment and Human Development, 12, 311-331.

    Sullivan, E.C., Mendoza, S.P., Capitanio, J.P. (2011). Similarity in temperament between mother and offspring rhesus monkeys: Sex differences and the role of monoamine oxidase-a and serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism genotypes. Developmental Psychobiology, 53(6), 549-563.

    Sullivan, E.C., Hinde, K., Mendoza, S.P., Capitanio, J.P. (2011). Cortisol concentrations in mother’s milk are associated with offspring temperament in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Developmental Psychobiology, 53(1), 96-104.

    Vandeleest, J., McCowan, B. & Capitanio, J. (2011). Early rearing interacts with temperament and housing to influence the risk for motor stereotypy in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 132, 81-89.

    Ventura, MI, Baynes, K, Sigvardt, KA, Unruh, AM, Acklin, SS, Kirsch, HE, Disbrow, EA. "Hemispheric asymmetries and prosodic emotion recognition deficits in Parkinson's disease." Neuropsychologia, 50 (2012): 1936-1945.

    Wang, W.C., Lazzara, M.M., Ranganath, C., Knight, R.T. & Yonelinas, A.P. (2010). The medial temporal lobe supports conceptual implicit memory. Neuron, 68, 835-842.

    Wang, W.C., Dew, I.T. & Giovanello, K.S. (2010). Effects of aging and prospective memory on recognition of item and associative information.  Psychology and Aging, 25, 486-491.